Hertz reports Q2 total U.S. RAC revenues $1.5B, down 4%
Total U.S. RAC revenues were $1.5 billion in the second quarter 2017, a decrease of 4%, versus the same period last year. Transaction days decreased by 3% year-over-year as compared to a strong second quarter 2016, which was driven by replacement rentals from unusually high customer vehicle recall activity. Pricing, as measured by Total RPD, decreased by 2% in the quarter, driven by a change in customer mix year-over-year and weaker ancillary revenues. Second quarter U.S. RAC net vehicle depreciation per month increased 27% versus the same period last year to $353 per unit primarily driven by declining residual values, accelerated vehicle disposition timing and fleet quality and mix investments. Despite the decrease in industry residual values, the Company stayed on course with its fleet optimization plan, selling 35% more vehicles year-over-year and onboarding a richer mix of model year 2017 vehicles. As planned, the Company reduced its total average fleet by 1% in the second quarter compared with a year earlier, as the number of core rental vehicles declined by 3%, partially offset by an increase in the vehicles dedicated to the ride hailing fleet. While utilization declined by 130 basis points in the quarter, the Company has made early progress toward driving customer satisfaction and improving profitability longer term. Its goal of reducing its mix of compact cars to 16% of the total U.S. fleet from 21% a year ago was met at quarter end, better reflecting customer preference. Also, the Company continued to roll out its Ultimate Choice program, where customers are able to choose their preferred vehicle, on site, with no wait.